Category: Urban Astronomy Guide

How to See the Total Lunar Eclipse in Chicago

How to See the Total Lunar Eclipse in Chicago
Tomorrow evening, May 15th, there will be a total lunar eclipse visible from Chicago. We haven’t been able to view a total lunar eclipse from the city in three years, so it’s definitely an exciting event worth staying up late for. The eclipse will begin just after 9:30 pm and end at 1:55 am, but... Read more »

Chicago's Nearby Palos Preserves Named World's Largest Urban Night Sky Place

There is a new urban dark sky place, one of only three total, and it’s the largest in the world. Palos Preserves is just outside the city limits of Chicago, but still Cook County, and officially earned the designation in late August from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). The IDA recognizes dark sky places... Read more »

How to See Inspiration4 Fly Over Chicago at Night

How to See Inspiration4 Fly Over Chicago at Night
When you know where to look and what to look for, you can easily see the spacecraft of Inspiration4 fly over Chicago at night. Despite the presence of bright city lights, the current streak of clear night skies and Dragon’s orbital path means you have a couple chances to spot the spacecraft each night. Crew... Read more »
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Perseid Meteor Shower: When and Where to See it in Chicago

Perseid Meteor Shower: When and Where to See it in Chicago
The Perseid meteor shower is the best and brightest meteor shower of the year, and because it passes through in the warm summer months, it’s the best chance at seeing a shower in Chicago. Find out how to see the meteor shower in Chicago and where to look, below. What is the Perseid meteor shower? ... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 7th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 7th, 2019
This week, get out into the city of Chicago to try some stargazing with friendly astronomers, explore the cosmos at a museum, or join in on an activity that might ignite a new passion for the night sky. Take advantage of the last of our warm summer days and spend your evenings getting to know... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: July 8th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: July 8th, 2019
This week in space brings star parties and a special space art project to Chicago. Astronomers, clubs, and educators are taking advantage of the great weather to help you learn to enjoy the night sky. Mark your calendars and join in on the best space events happening this week in Chicago. Scopes in the City, Horner Park,... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019
A SpaceX rocket launch, a cosmic party, public observing sessions during the day and night are just some of what’s happening this week in space. As the weather warms up, more and more public observing sessions will be taking place all over Chicago, so keep an eye out for events in your neighborhood. Here’s your... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 6th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 6th, 2019
Public star parties, entire days dedicated to celebrating amateur astronomy, and a Dragon arrives at the Space Station are just some of the exciting things happening this week in space. Most of this week’s happenings take place well outside the city, but that is where the best observing opportunities are, and it’s definitely worth the... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 18th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 18th, 2019
This week in space includes astronomy and space club meetings throughout the Chicago suburbs, a spacewalk, and Chicago museum events! As the days warm up, opportunities to observe the night sky comfortably get closer so be sure to take advantage of the knowledge being shared by your local astronomy clubs! The following events are what’s... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: March 6th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 6th, 2019
This week in space might not include any exciting rocket launches, but there is still plenty to happening around town and around the country. As the weather warms up, astronomy clubs around the city are beginning to prepare for nighttime observation sessions. Until then, take advantage of the many science centers and planetariums around Chicago... Read more »